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Aaron Draplin to Kickoff the 2015 High Five Conference

Aaron Draplin rocked High Five in 2014 as a breakout speaker. Now by popular demand, he’s coming back to kick off the conference on February 25, 2015. Be there as he turns it up to 11.

In case you missed Aaron’s presentation last February, here’s an 81 second highlight reel from the event:

aaron-draplinAaron’s keynote for 2015 is entitled, “Graphic Treasures from the American Underbelly.” Here’s the description of the talk:

In a faster and faster design world, our inspiration sources oddly seem to be spiraling into the same predictable, tired sources. Sometimes you have to look all the way back to see where we came from, and, to be reminded of the incredible work our founders made. Get dirty with the Draplin Design Co. and learn how to find incredible graphic treasures. See vivid examples, techniques and spirited hotspots. Learn how to use them in your work with color, form and typography, and ultimately, how to save American design from its bad self.

Aaron is the founder of the Draplin Design Co. Headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the print, identity and Illustration categories. The Portland based company has an impressive client list that includes Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Dawes, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Old 97s, Sub Pop, Poler, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration.

Last week, Aaron was featured in Adweek. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s is a peak into Draplin’s approach to design and life courtesy of a design contest by Draplin creates a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company.  In the words of, “Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. The logos Aaron creates prove design can elevate any company or brand. Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won’t just live in PDFs.”


The idea for High Five was conceived in 2013.  For too long, local marketers and creatives needed to seek inspiration in the likes of Austin, San Francisco and New York. We decided to create a conference that celebrated the talent and vibrancy of the Triangle.

Who should attend High Five?

If you consider yourself a marketer, and by that we mean strategist, communicator, designer, creative director, product manager, developer, writer, and everyone in between or on the periphery, this conference is for you.

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